The Best Of The Week Episode 2. 02/14/16–02/20/16
The Best Of The Week is where I share the top articles that I read this past week, as well as various other things that I found cool.
BuzzFeed is one of the websites/apps that I visit regularly especially whenever I’m taking a break from studying. The site is an eclectic mix of fun quizzes, weird facts, helpful life hacks, and groundbreaking investigative journalism, such as the piece that they did on ghost schools in Afghanistan. In addition to their articles, I also love watching the numerous videos that they publish. The cast is fun, offering thought-provoking and eye-opening comments on contemporary issues, and most of my girl-crushes and role models are actually BuzzFeed actors. It was extremely interesting to read this article as it gave me an in-depth knowledge of the company’s business organization and internal structure. Definitely worth a read for prospective entrepreneurs.
I visited South Africa last December 2015 and I loved how colorful their history and culture was. Unfortunately, I felt out of my element while I was there as I failed to read up on the country’s history and current issues. Our tour guide wasn’t able to explain apartheid a lot but a visit to the Hector Pieterson museum, which I talked about a bit in my Africa book haul, triggered my interest in the topic. I had no idea that the horrors of apartheid were still being felt today and I’m grateful that this article remedied that false notion.
Unfortunately, I still haven’t picked up Aziz Ansari’s critically acclaimed book, Modern Romance: An Investigation, or watched his groundbreaking Netflix TV series, Master of None, but I have to say, reading his article definitely spurred me to get my hands on all of his work. In this article, Aziz Ansari investigates how modern courtship is peppered with all these unwritten rules and nuances and he especially focuses on one: texting first and texting back. The article is written in a casual and engaging tone and I highly enjoyed reading it.
I was in my Biotechnology 1 class when the news about the attack in San Bernardino, California broke. I can still remember the CNN alert that lit up my phone and my friend and I discussing the unfathomable atrocities that were being committed against innocent civilians. Our discussion, which had heated up when I mentioned the Paris attacks, eventually petered out to normal, everyday things, but I can still remember how worried she had been at first due to the fact that some family members resided in California. The New Yorker article examines the perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik; their motivations, their preparations, and the event that triggered their decision to attack Farook’s colleagues. There are still a lot of unanswered questions since an investigation is still underway but for the time being, this article was an informative read and was very much spot-on.
Another great article from the New Yorker, this time about China’s fuerdai or “rich second generation”, the offspring of the country’s business leaders, government officials, and basically, the aristocracy. The fuerdai flaunt their wealth on social media, in the form of expensive sports cars, luxurious brands, and high-end trips. This article not only talks about the lifestyle of the 1%, but also discusses the economic gap in China, the reasons behind the fuerdai residing abroad, and even draws comparisons with Russia. Both China and Russia came from communist governments, thus the nouveau riche had no previous rules and regulations to follow. There are a lot more articles about the fuerdai but this is one of the only ones that talks about them without derision or judgement.
I’m part of the generation that grew up online and I made my first ever Tumblr blog way back in 2010, back when everyone and their mother had a crush on Justin Bieber and planking was the norm. This article follows several teenagers who made money off Tumblr; a lot of money, in fact. Several awry business deals later, Tumblr deleted their blogs and they were all back to square one.
Harper Lee died last February 19 and when I heard the news, I stared at my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird and very nearly cried. To Kill a Mockingbird doesn’t hold the same cultural significance to me as it did with its American readers because it was never a required reading at my school, and also because the Philippines never experienced discrimination against blacks. However, I fell in love with the novel when I first read it and I highly appreciate the impact that it had on society. Amidst all the obituaries, memoirs, and the articles about how Harper Lee affected their lives that were all over my feed, this one really stood out for me. It is a scathing reveal of how the media killed off Harper Lee even before the 19th of February.
8. Misty Copeland, Harper’s Bazaar, and the NYC Dance Project recreated stunning works by Edgar Degas in advance of New York City’s the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, opening March 26. This one was my favorite: